In recent months seventeen (17) people have been charged by The Pas, RCMP for cocaine trafficking offences.
Staff Sergeant Noel Allard, NCO in charge of The Pas Detachment stated in a press release, “We are committed in our focus to keeping drugs off the street, this is achieved by partnering together with the citizens of our community and we encourage anyone with information regarding drug activity to report it so that we can continue to work together to keep our streets safe.”
Recent drug related arrests include;
May 16, 2013 – As part of an ongoing investigation, Police arrest a male found in possession of a small amount of benzodiazepine and a small amount of cash. Police subsequently attend a local establishment where another male was arrested and found to be in possession of a quantity of cocaine and a small amount of cash. Jake Daniel Jeffs (21) of Opaskwyak was charged with possess both cocaine and benzodiazepine for the purpose of trafficking and possessing proceeds of crime. Alexander Peter Young (21) of Opaskwayak was charged with possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possessing proceeds of crime. Both males were remanded into custody.
May 18, 2013 – As part of an ongoing investigation, Police attended a local hotel where a male was arrested and found to be in possession of a small quantity of cocaine and a small amount of cash. Clifton Kenneth Albert Young (35) of Opaskwayak has been charged with possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possessing proceeds of crime. Young was released on a promise to appear.
May 22, 2013 – As part of an ongoing investigation, Police conducted a traffic stop and arrested three males. One male was found in possession of a small quantity of cocaine while a second male was found in possession of a small amount of cash. Matthew Andrew Lawrence Young, 19, of The Pas District is charged with trafficking cocaine and possessing proceeds of crime. Young was later released on his own recognizance. Charges are pending against a second male for possession of cocaine while the third male was released without charges.
Drug trafficking in Northern Manitoba can be a very lucrative enterprise.
In the City of Winnipeg a 1/4 gram of powder cocaine sells on the street for approximately $20. (Prices fluctuate based on supply and demand.)
In Northern Manitoba, 1/4 gram of cocaine can sell for double and sometimes triple the price, depending on supply and demand.
Law Enforcement can face many hurdles in rural communities when it comes to infiltrating drug cells and impacting illicit drug trafficking activities. These recent arrests by the RCMP are indicative of a committed proactive approach that sends a strong message to participants in the drug trafficking community.